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When I was just starting out on my breastfeeding journey, I ended up in rough shape just a few days in. I had no idea why my nipples were cracked and bleeding, but I knew I couldn’t go on that way and I was determined to find a solution.
While it was a great, positive mindset and I’m happy I didn’t give up, my search for a solution wasn’t easy. During my unpaid maternity leave, I was stretching every dollar for essentials. Unfortunately, I wasted a lot of time and money trying to troubleshoot a solution on my own.
*Nipple cream for the pain
*A Manual Breast Pump to relieve engorgement
*Disposable Breast Pads to catch the drips
*Bottles and Pacifiers to give me a break
And all of it was a waste and actually NOT AT ALL WHAT WE NEEDED! Great. Here's what those products ended up doing for me....... They wasted my time. They wasted my energy. And I was still in a really rough place with breastfeeding.
I bet you've heard that sleeping with your baby is dangerous and that you shouldn't do it. We've all seen the "Back to Sleep" campaign, which says the only safe place for your baby to sleep is flat on their back, in a crib.
For many, this is actually true. HOWEVER, it can be safe to sleep next to your baby if you follow all of the rules. This is your guide to figuring out if you can safely sleep with your baby and how to do so. You might find it's best for your family and helps you get more sleep.
Working and pumping makes you feel over the top burned out! Am I right?
Dragging baby to day care.
Coming home to make dinner.
Bed time routine.
When do you get time for you??? If you're not practicing regular self care, you will crash and burn.
In this podcast episode we are talking all about realistic, unselfish ways to add self care into your every day. We are going to help you recharge, regroup, and fill your cup so you can keep going like the badass you are!
“Do I need to pump and dump?”
I hear this question countless times a week from concerned moms who get conflicting (or sometimes just plain wrong) information about what’s safe for a breastfeeding baby. But this week, I heard something I’d never heard before! A massage therapist told a breastfeeding mom she’d need to pump and dump after getting a massage to clear out toxins.
I guess I have a lot more myth busting in the lactation world to do.... so... now's time for this blog post to help you figure out what to do in some of these common reasons parentss (and doctors, and dentists, and pharmacists, and apparently massage therapists) think they need to throw out their milk. Milk is precious and we want to keep you from wasting it!
Are you breastfeeding and have been told to give up dairy? This advice may have come from your doctor, a good friend, or another breastfeeding momma. I hear this advice given regularly as a solution to solve certain symptoms in babies- especially in mom groups!
As a lactation expert, this is one of the most frustrating pieces of advice people give to my clients. Gassy baby? Give up dairy! Baby spits up? Give up dairy! Fussy baby? Give up dairy!
Giving up dairy seems to be the "cure all" to everything these days- when it's actually usually NOT the answer.
Going back to work is HARD. There is so much to navigate and so much advice out there you can feel like you don't know which way is up and which way is down! Thankfully, we've got you covered with info you need for successful pumping, and the back to work advice that will not only set you up for success, but give you a REAL plan to get through and do so successfully.
The good news is, with these tips and hacks from REAL breastfeeding moms, pumping at work is about to get a whole lot easier! Here are the top tips from our Successful Breastfeeding Veterans taken from our poll in the Successful Breastfeeding Community.
As a lactation expert I am sometimes baffled by the breastfeeding myths out there! In my online community I hear about the advice and suggestions given to breastfeeding moms, and *boom* my mind is blown. Sometimes the myths are just laughable, other times the myths seem helpful, but could actually be really damaging to breastfeeding.
With all of the information online, it can be hard to differentiate between myth and reality. Hopefully this list of the Top Ten Breastfeeding Myths will help you I have compiled this list to bring truth to some of the myths I hear most commonly from the moms in my community.
Have you ever heard that breastfeeding shouldn't hurt?
Well, it shouldn't! It should be comfortable, but it isn't always at first for everyone. Almost every breastfeeding mom reports nipple pain in the beginning of breastfeeding. That being said, just because it is common DOES NOT mean it is normal!!! Breastfeeding is not meant to hurt. Pain is a sign that something isn't right, and almost always, that something is baby's positioning is off.
Virtual Breastfeeding SupportYou've been dreaming about the day your baby is born, and holding him in your arms. You've probably also been dreaming about breastfeeding. At the very least you thought breastfeeding would come naturally. Breastfeeding is supposed to be natural, after all, right?
Well, unfortunately, what is natural doesn't always come natural to us. There are many hurdles that can interfere with breastfeeding. Birth interventions, separation after birth, premature delivery, or traumatic birth are just a few circumstances that would cause a baby not to latch at the breast. Sometimes, without any obvious reasons, baby will struggle to come onto the breast too. The BEST thing you can do is seek expert lactation support (which you can find here) and follow the advice in the video below!
Hey there! My name is Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE.
I offer effective telehealth lactation support and education to modern families.
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One question I am often asked is how long are you supposed to breastfeed? Well, the answer is simple. There is no right or wrong length of time to nurse your baby. There are expert recommendations, for example, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing to the age of 1 year and beyond. The World Health Organization recommends nursing until the age of 2 years and beyond! So, even our experts can't agree!
The simple answer is IT'S COMPLETELY UP TO YOU! Breastfeeding is a relationship and it takes two for it to work. No matter who decides it's time to stop, mom or baby, then that is the right time for that specific dyad. There are many reasons a mother may want to wean, and for some, weaning when baby is still very young is the healthiest option for both involved. No matter when, or why, when you're ready to wean you'll need to know how! I have put this guide together for YOU momma, for when you're ready. So when it's time for your breastfeeding journey to come to an end, you'll know how to get through it.
Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE
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